100 hour / 2 weeks Yin & Sound Healing November 2024

Nov 18, 2024
Nov 30, 2024


100-hrs module block of 300-hrs Yoga Alliance teacher training program & 700-hrs Yin Yoga Therapy™ education.

Incl. accommodation, three daily meals on study days, program & manual.

Throughout our days we are constantly exposed to sounds, and for most of it we do not notice that we are almost always physically responding to the sounds around us. What we do realise when we consciously listen is that sounds, music and vibration are affecting our mood and our entire nervous system is responding.

Sound healing methods are ancient and used in many traditions, but nowadays they have become more and more of interest in the modern-day wellness scene. There is a fascinating field of study that dives into the ways that sound and vibration is affecting us all the way down to a cellular level.

The yin yoga practice with its long-held still poses offers the perfect mediative space for this experience.

Our Yin & Sound teacher training program shows you how to use yin yoga combined with sound as a therapeutic tool for promoting physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Your yin yoga guide in the course, Manuela Sauter (find out more about her here), will collaborate with selected international artists from various backgrounds to offer you a wide range of yin & sound healing experiences. Hear from these artists about their approach to sound healing and get to know their instruments.

We have the opportunity to invite Sanj Hall, internationally renowned sound artist, to lead some of these sessions with us. He likes to call himself a traveling Gong yogi, who has taken a divine order or “Hukum” to spread the goodness of the eternal sounds to the world. Sanj will share some insight into the theory of holistic resonance and its teachings.

Irina Di, Gong Master, will give you gong baths you where you can feel the powerful vibration of sound in every cell of your body. Irina will teach you how to play the gong and singing bowls yourself.

To complete the journey into yoga and sound you will also have an introduction into mantras, bahjans and kirtans.


Experience Yin & Sound Healing

There is the “yoga of sound,” called nāda yoga, described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika as one of the most powerful and efficient meditation techniques to still the mind. In this Yin & Sound module, we cover the study, theory and practice of both, sound healing and yin yoga.

Experience yin yoga healing sessions with our teacher Manuela Sauter in collaboration with a variety of selected musicians and sound healers. Listen to their various instruments, such as singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks, chimes, flute, didgeridoo, harmonium or handpan, combined with the practice of yin yoga, yoga Nidra, mindfulness and meditation. The sound of these instruments provides an immersive, full-body listening experience that can recalibrate our system and create a yin yoga therapy space for physical, emotional and mental healing.

Sound waves produce subconscious activity in the brain. You can think of sound waves as aural units of measurement, each of these units enter through the ear and into the brain where a chain reaction of psychological and physiological changes can be observed. For example, we all experienced that when a song makes us nostalgic, it produces certain psychological shifts in our perception, right? There is a physical component to the way sound waves interact with your brain. Each sound wave must be inspected by the brain and turned into neural information and with it comes a wide array of action potentials that swarm around to make sense of it. Combine these interactions with the slow pace and passiveness of Yin Yoga, you have the perfect backdrop for a healing experience that can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Sounds are not just heard by our ears but felt through our entire being. Sound healing also taps into the power of vibrations to reach every part of our body. Theories suggest that stressed-out or diseased cells change frequencies, and develop discordant vibrations from the rest of the body. Sound healing may help cells operate in harmony once again.

Through sound, rhythm and frequency, we can enable our brainwaves to down-shift our normal beta state, the waking consciousness, to a relaxed consciousness in the alpha state, and reach the theta meditative state and even delta (sleep), where internal healing occurs.

Potential Benefits of Sound Healing

  • Encourages deep relaxation which aids in meditation
  • Balances blood pressure and heart rate
  • Activates the brain to chemically release natural opiates
  • Can lead to reduced anxiety levels, tension, sadness as well as diminished pain
  • Synchronizes brain waves to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of cells
  • Aligns, awakens, and balances the subtle energies in the body

Yin & Sound Foundations

  • What is Sound
  • Sound & Mind & Awareness
  • Music and Sound Theory Foundations
  • Nāda Yoga – Yoga of Sound
  • Sound & Spirituality

The Art of Yin & Sound

  • Benefits of Sound Healing
  • The Magic Combination for Yin & Sound
  • Common Instruments for Sound Healing
  • Common Mistakes
  • Solfeggio Frequencies

Playing Singing Bowls

  • Historical Context
  • Understanding Singing Bowl Resonance and Harmony
  • Different types of Singing Bowls
  • The authentic Tibetan Sound Bowls
  • How to use the bowls for Sound & Vibration
  • Resonance / Chords / Tones of a Bowl
  • Decoding Singing Bowl Frequencies
  • How sound vibration resonates with our bodies
  • Other Frequency and Space Cleansers

Sound Healing

  • Balancing act: Navigation soft sciences and cathartic practices with sound healing
  • Specific Chakra Healing Protocols
  • Self-Healing
  • Sound Healing 1-to-1
  • Precautions when using Singing Bows
  • Overview of Chakras vs Taoist Elements

Sunset Circles

  • Mantra Chanting / Kirtan / Sharing Circles / Cacao Ceremony

Sound healing compliments the yin yoga practice by invoking the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing stress, and helping the body to ultimately gain a sense of peace, calm, and presence to ultimately recalibrate our cells to shift from ‘lower frequencies’, slowing down and relaxing the mind and body, towards ‘higher vibrations’ to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes.

Learn to Play Singing Bowls

During the course the students will explore and practice how to create Yin & Sound yoga sessions and learn to play singing bowls themselves.

Singing bowls are musical instruments used in meditation and spiritual practices, originating from the Himalayan region of Nepal, India, and Tibet. They are typically made of bronze or brass and have a round, bowl-like shape with a flat bottom and a rim that can produce sound when struck or played around with a mallet. They produce a rich, harmonic sound when played, and are often used in meditation and mindfulness practices to help calm the mind and bring a sense of inner peace. In traditional Tibetan culture, singing bowls were used by Buddhist monks for religious ceremonies and meditation practices. Today, people all over the world use singing bowls for wellness and spiritual practices, as well as for music and sound healing.

Singing bowls come in various sizes and designs, each with its own unique sound and energy. They are used for sound healing and therapy, as sound vibrations are believed to have therapeutic benefits for both the body and mind. Sometimes bowls are tuned to specific musical notes or healing frequencies, generally, they are used to create a harmonious soundscape for meditation or yoga practices.

Students are recommended to have their own singing bowl set of a minimum of 3 bowls (available at the training as well).

Yin Yoga Foundations

While yin yoga is a wonderful practice by itself, in combination with sound healing you can transform the practice in a multi-sensory experience.

For a solid foundation for your practice and teaching, Manuela will introduce you to the practice of yin yoga according to the principles and components, following the foundations laid out originally by Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, and Bernie Clark.

The consideration of an individual skeletal structure, functional alignment, and working with ‘yin tissue’ to not only stretch but also strengthen them and requires quite some ‘know-how’ to dive into. You will learn how to address the physical benefits, safe ways of guiding into poses and intelligent sequencing principles according to anatomical requirements and energetic aspects.

In yin yoga we work with the ancient healing wisdom of the Taoist philosophy, the meridians and the chi flow in the body. You will get to know all the main meridians, and different ways to activate and address them in the yin yoga practice.

Transforming a yin yoga class into a in yoga healing experience needs skill and practice, so there will be the opportunity to practice teaching yourself.

Mindfulness principles provide insight and guidance for the practice. Learn how to integrate mindfulness, connecting our body to a Zen state of mind to create the space to allow energetic and physical healing to take place.

Yin Yoga Foundations

  • The Components of Yin
  • The Practice Principles
  • The Transformative Power of the Rebound

Yin Yoga Practice

  • Classic Yin Yoga Poses
  • Variations + Additional Poses for the Upper Body
  • Sequences for each Taoist Element / Meridians
  • Sequencing Guidelines
  • Asana Lab

Yin Yoga & the Movement Mechanics of the Body

  • The Theory of Exercise, Fascia & Yin Tissue
  • Aesthetic vs. Functional Alignment
  • Compression vs. Tension

Therapeutic Aspects of Yin

  • The Concept of Balance, Yin & Yang and Chi
  • TCM Meridians & the Taoist Elements, and their Physical, Emotional and Energetic Value

The Art of Teaching Yin

  • Intention / Expression / Context / Tools
  • The art of sequencing a yin class
  • Mindfulness applied
  • Trauma-sensitive teaching
  • Embodied Practical Experience

Daily Practice

  • Yin Yoga & Sound Healing Immersion
  • Daily morning yang practice for the balance
  • Daily Meditations & Mindfulness Practices

100 Hours Yin & Sound


Accreditation as module block of 300hrs Yoga Alliance Certification & 700hrs Yin Yoga Therapy™

  • With successful completion of the training, students will receive a Yoga Alliance-affiliated 100-hrs certificate from The Body-Mind-Soul Centre (RYS 300 – registered school with Yoga Alliance) which can be accredited to the 300-hrs Yoga Alliance certification program (or alternatively can count as Yoga Alliance continuing education credits).
  • Additionally, students will receive a 100-hrs Yin Yoga Therapy™ Practitioner diploma, accredited by Alexandra Denkinger, Doctor of Medicine in Acupuncture M.D.(Acu) and founder of The Body-Mind-Soul Centre Yoga Alliance School, affiliated with the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine as a module of the 700 hour Yin Yoga Therapy™ Professional education.
  • Venue

    Nalanda Retreat Goa India

    Goa has become a well-visited winter getaway where yoga is celebrated and spiritual activities are on a daily schedule: sunrise yoga sessions on the beach, reiki healing courses, meditation, and just about every other form of spiritual exploration, are all practised freely.

Isabel Rodrigues

What an experience! Even though there were some beautiful concert-like sessions as well which were super nice and made me sometimes almost cry, it was the gong and singing bowls sound landscapes Manuela and Irina created which were my favourite. When I closed my eyes these sounds take me to another place, a soundscape that shifted my mind into a relaxed, trance-like state that made me lose track of time. The yin poses helped me to be present and focus on none other than myself in that very moment. These sessions were truly transformative, I finally felt like I was able to let go of the outside and truly go inward.

Isabel Rodrigues
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